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News in Short - 13-December-2019

Lab grown 3D cell network may help in understanding human brain

Date: 13 December 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Researchers have engineered biohybrid nerve tissue containing both living cells and non-living components to develop 3D models of neural networks, an advance that may lead to better understanding of how the brain works.
  • The produced tissue is similar to a computer processing unit, which provided the basic principle to today's supercomputers.
  • Using a 3D model of these networks outside the body may offer researchers a new tool to understand how these connections work.

Aleem Dar set to be the highest standing umpire in Test cricket

Date: 13 December 2019 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar is set to break Steve Bucknor's record of most Tests as an umpire in the first match of the series between Australia and New Zealand.
  • Dar will be standing in his 129th Test match as an umpire.
  • He has officiated in 207 one-day internationals and is only two matches shy of the record of 209 matches in that format held by Rudi Koertzen of South Africa. 

Protests in Assam against Citizenship Amendment Bill

Date: 13 December 2019 Tags: Bills & Laws
  • Most of Assam's Brahmaputra Valley has erupted in spontaneous protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
  • Students, activists, writers, actors, musicians and people from all walks of life thronged the streets to voice their angst against the bill, which they believe will pose a serious threat to not only their livelihood and political destiny but also to cultural and linguistic identity.
  • The new amendment to the Citizenship Act of 1955 aims to provide Indian citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.